Archive | July 2005

‘Think Small’

I got up and went to the DMV at 8 a.m. to avoid any “Imperial entanglements.” And successfully, I might add; I was in and out in a flash.

Julie and I went to the Illinois State Museum, despite not knowing where the museum is. Julie assumed I knew where it is, and, since she had been there before, I thought she knew. Well, we found it anyway and we finally managed to see “think small!” — A 35-artist exhibition that examines the issue of making small-scale contemporary artworks. We’d been wanting to see the show and it’s over tomorrow. After that we ate lunch at Cafe Brío downtown — tasty — then headed home. Here’s a couple pieces from the show:

Afterdesire by Donald McFadyen (left or top) and
Gentle Ben Mystery in the Everglades
by Brian Dettmer

The piece on the left (or top) is an oil painting with this sort of sci-fi sensibility — really cool. The piece on the right was made with a real book that the artist went though and cut up until only what images and text he wanted to show was left.

Wife’s Birthday

My wife decided she wanted a 400 Disc DVD changer for her birthday. This was instead of a kitchen island, which surprised me. We stored our movies in a wooden cabinet, but it became overstuffed over the years. At one point, we moved from regular DVD cases to “slim” DVD cases to make them all fit, but that was only a temporary solution. The weight of all those DVDs was too much for the door of the cabinet to handle, and it broke off the hinges last week. We ordered the Sony DVP-CX985V for her early birthday present.

While we waited on shipping, we decided to organize our DVD collection by genre, deciding which slots in the new player each movie would reside in. One thing I was concerned about is the “browse-ability” of the collection, when we didn’t know what we wanted to watch. I found a cool Program that allowed us to build a database of our collection using details gleaned from the Internet (IMDB and Amazon), including thumbnail images!

By the time the player arrived this afternoon, it was only a matter of loading discs according to our predetermined plan! So far we love it, and it takes up so much less space!

Retiring the Cabrio….

It was an average summer day in Minnesota. Toying with the idea of trading in the Cabrio for something with more room and utility we went to the used car lot. Only, we didn’t know what awaited.

We now are the proud owners of a … a Volvo Wagon! When did I turn 80? No kids and a VOLVO WAGON! There are now 2 dogs fitting nicely into the back, sheparding the groceries.

So now I have the best car I will ever own. Lets see the previous ones. There was an 89 Bonneville, very choice. And a 97 Civic, which I still drive (170 K miles). And the co-owned Cabrio. Now, a Cabrio is not a car that a man typically wants to drive. So, a new-to-me Volvo could be the answer.

We’ll see.

Jax Hat

I’m organizing an Ultimate Frisbee tournament for Aug. 13, 2005. Info here.

Ultimate tournaments

I’ve been meaning to write down all the tournaments I’ve been to. So here goes:

  1. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon 2000 (Chaff)
  2. Chicago, Ill., Tune-Up 2001 (Chaff)
  3. Kirksville, Mo., Truman State, 2001 (Chaff)
  4. Carbondale, Ill., Drazba 2001 (Chaff)
  5. St. Louis, Mo., Summer Soaker 2001 (Full Tilt)
  6. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon 2001 (Chaff)
  7. Memphis, Tenn., Monkeybowl, 2002 (Chaff pickup)
  8. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon 2002 (Chaff)
  9. Carbondale, Ill., Drazba 2002 (w/ team?)
  10. St. Louis, Summer Soaker 2002 (w/ team?)
  11. St. Louis, Summer Hat 2002?
  12. Galesburg, Ill., Knox Winter Whiteout, (Knox Alumni), 2003
  13. Kansas City, Mo., Mayfest, 2003 (Jujitsu)
  14. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon 2003 (University of Texas)
  15. Carbondale, Ill., Drazba 2003 (Meddling Kids)
  16. St. Louis, Summer Soaker 2003 (Chaff/JujiTSU combo)
  17. St. Louis, Hat 2003?
  18. Milwaukee, Cooler Classic 15, 2003 (Parrots) Cooler Classic 2003
  19. Springfield, Ill., Truman State, Bootleg Salsa, 2003 (UIS)
  20. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon 2004 (Ill.timate)
  21. Galesburg, Ill., Knox Winter Whiteout indoor, Jan. 2004 (NIU)
  22. Milwaukee, Cooler Classic 16, 2004 (Rawhide)
  23. Peoria, Ill., unknown tourney name 2004 (Parrots)
  24. Macomb, Ill., Mass Hysteria hat, 2004
  25. St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis Classic 2005 (Nine Inch Males)
  26. St. Louis, Mo., Summer Hat 2005
  27. Bloomington, Ill., ISU, ISU 2005 (Ill.timate)
  28. Milwaukee, Cooler Classic 17, 2005 (SPUN)
  29. Macomb, Ill., Mass Hysteria Western Classic I, Oct. 2005 (Torque)
  30. Urbana, Ill., Illinois Hat 2005 (Orange)
  31. Chicago, Ill., Sandblast 2005 (Bomb Voyage)
  32. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat Aug. 2005 (Blue)
  33. Bloomington, Ill., ISU, 2006 (Pork)
  34. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat II Aug. 2006 (Blue)
  35. Milwaukee, Cooler Classic 18, 2006 (Parrots)
  36. Carbondale, Ill., SO ILL 2006 (Torque)
  37. Macomb, Ill., Mass Hysteria Western Classic II, Oct. 2006 (Mysteria combo)
  38. Urbana, Ill., Illinois Hat 2006 (White)
  39. Rantoul, Ill., Big Tens 2007 (Torque)
  40. St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis Classic 2007 (Tree Huckers)
  41. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat III, 2007 (Pink)
  42. Delafield, Wis., Cooler Classic 19, 2007 (Big River)
  43. Carbondale, Ill., SO ILL 2007 (Risky Bidness)
  44. Macomb, Ill., Western Classic III, 2007 (Risky Bidness)
  45. Morton, Ill., Flick or Treat, Oct. 2007 (Team Rodger)
  46. Rantoul, Ill., Illinois Hat, Nov. 3, 2007 (Green)
  47. Columbia, Mo., Savage December Redux, Dec. 2007 (Torque/Chicago combo)
  48. Galesburg, Ill., Knox Winter Whiteout, Feb. 10-11, 2008 (BUFF Alumni)
  49. Jacksonville, Ill., IC indoor, Feb. 27, 2008 (Torque A)
  50. Bloomington, Ill., Stanley Cup I, March 23, 2008 (Risky Bidness)
  51. Peoria, Ill., Peoria Park District tournament, April 20, 2008 (Torque – 1st place)
  52. Carbondale, Ill., Party Hat II, May 3, 2008 (orange/lavablast)
  53. Bloomington, Ind., Hoosier Hoedown, July 12-13, 2008 (Half Tilt/Rocket Sauce)
  54. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat IV, July 26, 2008 (Huckleberry/Blue – 1st place)
  55. Milwaukee, Cooler Classic XX, Aug. 16-17, 2008 (Undue Perversity)
  56. Bloomington, Ill., Stanley Cup II, Sept. 20-21, 2008 (76 Brett Porters)
  57. Whitewater, Wis., Hucktoberfest X, Sept. 27-28, 2008 (BUFF alumni)
  58. Macomb, Ill., Western Classic IV, Oct. 4-5, 2008 (UIC)
  59. Morton, Ill., Flick or Treat II, Nov. 1-2, 2008 (Rottingham Poachers — 2nd place)
  60. Urbana, Ill., Illinois Hat, Nov. 8, 2008 (Orange team)
  61. Galesburg, Ill., Knox Winter Whiteout, Feb. 1, 2009 (Xonk B)
  62. Charleston, Ill., EIU Spring Tournament, March 28-29, 2009 (Browning Allstars — 1st place)
  63. St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis Classic, May 2-3, 2009 (Moonlight Mustache)
  64. Quincy, Ill., Quincy Hat, June 6, 2009, (Team Green — 1st place)
  65. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat V, Aug. 8, 2009, (Wedding Singers)
  66. Bloomington, Ill., Stanley Cup III, Sept. 18-19, 2009 (Status Quo — 2nd place)
  67. Carbondale, Ill., SO ILL III, Sept. 26-27, 2009 (Risky Bidness)
  68. Peoria, Ill., Flick or Treat III, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2009 (BUFF alumni)
  69. Tallahassee, Fla., Applejack Hat, Nov. 14, 2009 (Captain Crunch – 2nd place)
  70. Galesburg, Ill., Knox Winter Whiteout, Feb. 6-7, 2010 (Parrots)
  71. Morton, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat, April 3, 2010 (Red team)
  72. St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis Classic, May 1-2, 2010 (Webster U. team)
    — watched in Madison, Wis., 2010 USA Ultimate College Championships, May 30-31
  73. Bloomington, Ind., Hoosier Hoedown, July 3, 2010 (C.I. Zombie)
  74. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat VI, July 24, 2010 (Blue team)
  75. Delafield, Wis, Cooler Classic 22, Aug. 14-15, 2010 (C.I. Zombie)
  76. Quincy, Ill., Quincy Hat, Sept. 11, 2010 (Parliament Huckadelic)
  77. Normal, Ill., Stanley Cup IV, Sept. 18-19, 2010 (Poop Dog)
  78. Carbondale, Ill., SO ILL IV, Sept. 25-26, 2010 (Risky Bidness)
    — Watched in Macomb, Ill., at Western Classic, Oct. 2, 2010
  79. Morton, Ill., Flick-R-Treat, Oct. 30-31, 2010 (Risky Bidness)
  80. Fayetteville, Ark., Harvest Moon, Nov. 6-7, 2010 (Risky Bidness)
  81. Galesburg, Ill., Winter Whiteout, Feb. 19-20, 2011, (Bradley University — BUFF)
  82. Morton, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat 2, April 2, 2011, (Orange team)
  83. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat, July 31, 2011, (Blue team aka Bobo___kitty)
  84. Quincy, Ill., Quincy Hat, Aug. 20, 2011, (Abominable Throwman)
  85. Normal, Ill., Stanley Cup V, Sept. 24-25, 2011, (Illinois Wesleyan)
  86. Lincoln, Ill., Lucky Launch, Oct. 1-2, 2011, (Risky Bidness, 1st place)
  87. Macomb, Ill., Western Classic, Oct. 8-9, 2011, (Risky Bidness)
  88. Morton, Ill., Flick R Treat, Oct. 29-30, 2011, (Frisbee Retirees — 1st place)
  89. Galesburg, Ill., Winter Whiteout, Feb. 25-26, 2012, (Winterized, 4-1)
  90. Morton, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat 3, April 21, 2012, (Green)
  91. Carbondale, Ill., Party Hat, May 19, 2012, (Pink team — 2nd place)
  92. Morton, Ill., Nite Cap, Aug. 11, 2012, (Oxford Comma — 1st place, 4-0)
  93. Delafield, Wis., Cooler Classic 24, Aug. 18-19, 2012, (Swerve / Risky Bidness)
  94. Normal, Ill., Stanley Cup VI, Sept. 29-30, 2012, (Illinois Wesleyan)
  95. Macomb, Ill., Western Classic, Oct. 20-21, 2012, (Risky Bidness)
  96. Morton, Ill., Flick R Treat, Oct. 27-28, 2012, (Cartoon Network — 1st place)
  97. Charleston, Ill., Last Call, April 7-8, 2013, (SIUE)
  98. Morton, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat 4, April 20, 2013, (Orange team)
    — Watched in Madison, Wis., at 2013 USAU College Championships, May 25-26, 2013
  99. Versailles, Ohio, Poultry Days, June 15-16, 2013, (Poached — University of Iowa alumni)
  100. Urbana, Ill., Illinois Hat, Sept. 15, 2013 (B-2 Bombers).
  101. Galesburg, Ill., 20th Winter Whiteout, Feb. 22-23, 2014 (Torque — 2nd Place).
  102. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat, July 26, 2014, (team green).
  103. Normal, Ill., ISU’s Stanley Cup IIX, Sept. 27-28, 2014 (Torque).
  104. Morton, Ill., Bradley’s Flick R Treat, Nov. 1-2, 2014 (Risky Bidness Superheroes).
  105. Galesburg, Ill., 21st Knox Winter Whiteout, Feb. 28-29, 2015, (Torque).
  106. Mossville, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat 6, June. 20, 2015, (Green).
  107. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat, July. 11, 2015, (White — 1st Place).
  108. Normal, Ill., ISU’s Stanley Cup IX, Sept. 26-27, 2015 (Dirty Presidents).
  109. Mossville, Ill., Flick ‘r Treat, Oct. 24?, 2015, (Dirty Presidents).
  110. Galesburg, Ill., Winter Whiteout, Feb. 13-14, 2016, (Dirty Presidents).
  111. Edwardsville, Ill., SIUe After-School Special, April 23-24, 2016, (Springfield club).
  112. Mossville, Ill., Om Nom Nom Hat 7, June 18, 2016, (Radioactive / yellow).
  113. Jacksonville, Ill., Jax Hat X, July 16, 2016, (Red team).
  114. Milwaukee, Wis., Cooler Classic, Aug. 16-17, 2016, (Risky Bidness).
  115. Normal, Ill., Stanley Cup X, Sept. 17-18, 2016, (Torque).
  116. Galesburg, Ill., Winter Whiteout, Feb.11-12, 2017, (Torque).
  117. New Orleans, La., Fire on the Bayou (Grand Masters), March 25-26, 2017, (Old Man Winter).
  118. Macomb, Ill., Mass Hysteria Hat, April 8-9, 2017, (The Streaks).
  119. Aurora, Ill., Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational, May 21, 2017, (Old Man Winter).
  120. Kalamazoo, Mich., USA Ultimate Masters Regional, June 24-25, 2017, (Polar Vortex)
  121. Aurora, Colo., USA Ultimate Masters Championships, July 21-23, 2017, (Polar Vortex).

Sandblast

This past weekend I played in the Chicago Beach Ultimate Sandblast 2005 tournament at Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan. I posted a couple pictures on Flickr.

I’d never played Ultimate on the beach. I’ve not really spent all that much time on the beach. So Saturday, I was pretty uncomfortable most of the day, with all the hot and sand everywhere. The sand mixed with sunscreen was particularly annoying. We managed to win three of our four games on Saturday.

In the middle of our third game, I pushed off on a piece of glass hidden in the sand, creating a big gash on my right foot. I sat out the rest of that game and the fourth game. I kept pressure on it for a while, and the team we were playing helped carry me off the field and had some nice antiseptic spray that helped clean out the wound. Somebody fetched a medic guy, too. He got me all bandaged up.

Saturday evening, we all showered (Scott, Erin, Jen and I went to Jen’s) and then met up at a restaurant somewhere in northern Chicago — not sure where exactly. We also picked up some snacks, New Skin and drinks. At 9 p.m., Scott, Erin, Jen and I went back to the beach to guard the tent. Scott tried to help the DJ who had gotten his van stuck on the beach.

The police started shooing people out of the park around 11 p.m. Sleep was a little difficult with people wandering around, that guy with his radio singing along to R. Kelly, tractors combing the beach all night and crews picking up the trash, but I did get a few winks in.

Sunday, I played with my injury feeling better and all taped up. The heat was worse than Saturday, but it didn’t bother me as much. We were down on people and I don’t think we won a game on Sunday.

Julie and my sister came out and watched our last game and then we headed to Bloomington to eat a picnic dinner and see MacBeth at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival with mom and dad. The heat was terrible and I found it difficult time paying attention.

Gaming update

When I was in Austin I purchased a small LCD monitor for my Playstation 2 so that I would have something to do in the evenings. For some reason many hotels disable their aux a/v inputs on the room TVs. The purchase ate up a few months of my “video game budget”. However, a previous trade-in of my Windoze PC games paid for the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack this month (which I’ve been enjoying immensely) and I decided yesterday to trade in some old XBOX games for “World of Warcraft”. My brother and his wife are pretty much addicted to “WoW” and he lent me a 10-day trial account. With that, I determined the game runs fine on my G4 powerbook, so I went ahead and obtained it (with $0.77 to spare in store credit!). I’m only a level 10 Paladin, but I finally earned the ability to use a sword, so I’m happy about that!